Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Reviews New Album, Previews Release Show

October 01, 2020

Originally scheduled for April 4, 2020 but postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the album release show for Chip & The Charge Ups' Lightning in Our Veins was rescheduled for October 3, 2020.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reviewed the album and previews the show in this piece.

Tribune-Review Interviews Chip & Maleena Ahead of Release Show

September 29, 2020

Now that Chip & The Charge Ups' album release show for Lightning in Our Veins is finally happening exactly six months from the date it was originally scheduled, the Tribune-Review caught up with Chip & Maleena to discuss the album, the release show delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and more!

Chip's Tonight Show "Appearance" Discussed with Beaver County Times

September 27, 2020

The Beaver County Times covered Chip's recent "appearance" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  Chip was interviewed for the piece and discusses how Chip & The Charge Ups may be able to leverage the appearance for career growth.

Chip "Appears" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

September 15, 2020

In preparation for COVID-era Halloween, Jimmy Fallon did a hilarious skit on The Tonight Show.  In the skit, Fallon played "the second bass player for the gothabilly band, The Bone Goblins."  At that point, a photo of the band was shown.  It just so happened that the photo was of Chip's previous band and Fallon's face was photoshopped over one of the member's faces!  You can watch the clip to see for yourself!

Chip & The Charge Ups Appears and Performs on HughShows

May 14, 2020

Deep into the COVID-19 lockdown, HughShows hosted an episode of its iconic show with Chip & The Charge Ups doing a virtual interview and performance.  Hear Chip & Maleena discuss music life during the lockdown and watch them perform three songs from their home studio.

Chip & The Charge Ups Interviewed by Vinyl Lollipops!

April 24, 2020

Maleena was recently interviewed by Vinyl Lollipops.  Read this great interview to learn the ultimate direction for the band, our music-making process and what fans should expect to experience at a show!

Chip & The Charge Ups Named Week's "Featured Artist" on UK's Smile Radio

April 17, 2020

Chip & The Charge Ups were named the week's Featured Artist by Smile Radio in the United Kingdom.  As part of this honor, Smile Radio played five songs from Lightning in Our Veins during its April 17, 2020 drive time show.  The show is archived online for on-demand listening.

UK's Ballroom Blitz Radio Show says Charge Ups "have a promising future ahead"

April 13, 2020

The Ballroom Blitz Radio Show, broadcast on 105.7FM in Ipswitch, UK, named Chip & The Charge Ups their "Band of the Day" on April 13, 2020.  In a review of the band on its facebook page, Ballroom Blitz referred to the songs on Lightning in Our Veins as "infectious power-pop and pop-punk tunes."  The post also said that the new album "is well worth investigating by fans of Green Day, Ramones and Weezer (to name but three)" and declared that the Charge Ups "have a promising future ahead."

Chip & The Charge Ups Played Between P.O.D. and Sevendust on New Transcendence Radio!

April 01, 2020

A new Chip & The Charge Ups song was played on New Transcendence Radio between P.O.D. and Sevendust.  The episode also featured an interview with Tuk Smith.

Pittsburgh Current says "it’s hard not to be swept up in the raw excitement that radiates from" Lightning in Our Veins

March 31, 2020

The Pittsburgh Current reviewed Lightning in Our Veins and - as is usually the case with the work of world-class music editor, Margaret Welsh - there were plenty of interesting journalistic gems in the article.  Welsh writes that Lightning in Our Veins "is a high-energy celebration of what it means to really, really love music" and that "it’s hard not to be swept up in the raw excitement that radiates from this record."

Radio Crystal Blue says The Charge Ups "are beginning to turn some heads"

March 31, 2020

Radio Crystal Blue gave some pre-release airplay to a new Chip & The Charge Ups song, "Feel Electricity."  Host Dan Herman said that the band is "beginning to turn some heads with their third album."

Australia's female.com.au Interviews Chip & The Charge Ups

March 31, 2020

Female.com.au, based in Australia, interviewed Chip & The Charge Ups.  The topics discussed included how it felt to be voted Pittsburgh's "Best Alternative Band" and "Best Punk Band, dream attendees of a Charge Ups concert, and what's next for the band.

Metal Temple calls Lightning in Our Veins "tasty for metal and punk fans"

March 24, 2020

Metal Temple's review of Lightning in Our Veins had several interesting viewpoints on the album.  The publication said that Chip & The Charge Ups have "created something really cool for the fans" and declared the music on the album "tasty for metal and punk fans."

Skope Magazine Calls "The Tide is High" an "ultra-fun music video for this imaginative remake"

March 22, 2020

Skope Magazine reviewed Chip & The Charge Ups' video for "The Tide is High," calling it an "ultra-fun music video for this imaginative remake."

Bored In Pittsburgh calls Chip & The Charge Ups "just what the doctor ordered"

March 21, 2020

Bored In Pittsburgh reviewed Chip & The Charge Ups' new video for "The Tide Is High" and gave it effusive praise.  The article says in "unusual and anxiety-provoking times like these, an unabashedly catchy blast of 80’s-inspired pop-punk is just what the doctor ordered."

EMSU Media says Lightning in Our Veins "is going to be one of the best records...this year"

March 21, 2020

EMSU Media previewed the forthcoming Chip & The Charge Ups album, Lightning in Our Veins.  The publication wrote that the album "is going to be one of the best records the Pittsburgh music scene will see this year!"

412nes says Charge Ups "help you get through anything you are going through!"

March 19, 2020

412nes announced the premiere of Chip & The Charge Ups' video for "The Tide is High."  412nes' CEO, Trish Smith, wrote "Watching and or listening to Chip & The Charge Ups is a sure-fire way to lighten your mood, bring a smile to your face, and help you get through anything you are going through!"

Beaver County Times Quotes Chip About Entertaining Fans During Coronavirus Lockdown

March 18, 2020

With the quickly-spreading coronavirus causing officials to order citizens to stay at home, musicians are increasingly using the web and social media to entertain fans.  The Beaver County Times caught up with Chip for his thoughts and what the Charge Ups are doing to entertain their fan base.

"What a great song this is!": UK's Punky Radio Raves About New Charge Ups' Song

March 03, 2020

Punky Radio in the UK gave some airplay to "This Bomb Ain't Gonna Light Itself."  In introducing the song, the on-air crew raved, "What a great song this is!"

Chip Interviewed on Steel Plaza Podcast

February 25, 2020

Chip was recently interviewed on the Steel Plaza Podcast.  He discussed his thoughts on all-ages shows, album release parties and what people want out of their music scenes

Oasis Entertainment Calls Lightning in Our Veins a "Great Album"

February 23, 2020

Despite not being released for over a month, Oasis Entertainment jumped right on the opportunity to publish a review of the new Chip & The Charge Ups album, Lightning in Our Veins.  The writer called it a "great album" and wrote "I was impressed with the performance on this album as well as the songwriting and recording."  

First Angel Media Features "Shine Again" in A Look at the Lyrics

January 05, 2020

First Angel Media's "A Look at the Lyrics" feature allows an artist to share the insider details behind the words of a song.  In the latest installment, Chip describes the heart-wrenching - yet inspiring - story that culminated in the band's ballad, "Shine Again."

Beaver County Times Recognizes "Black and Gold Christmas" in Entertainment Year in Review

December 29, 2019

Proving that the "Black and Gold Christmas" was a major phenomenon likely to endure in future years, the Beaver County Times recognized the song as one of the year's top stories in its Entertainment Year in Review.  Scott Tady wrote "Chip + The Charge-Ups earned a lot of press — and a spot in the WPXI-TV-aired Christmas parade —for their original holiday song 'Black and Gold Christmas.'”

Pittsburgh Today Live Calls "Black and Gold Christmas" "Great Music To Celebrate The Season"

December 25, 2019

Iconic TV program, Pittsburgh Today Live, broadcast the "Black and Gold Christmas" video as part of its special Christmas Day broadcast.  In the lead up to the video, host David Highfield referred to it as "great music to celebrate the season."

"Flow of the Current, Part II (-)" Named One of Top 10 EP's of 2019 by Steve O's Music Madness

December 22, 2019

Long-running Spreaker radio show, Steve O's Music Madness, named "Flow of the Current, Part II (-)" one of the Top 10 EP's of 2019.  The show featured a broadcast of "Friday Night Rocks" from that album.

Chip & DJ Appear on Ya Jagoff Podcast

December 17, 2019

Ya Jagoff invited Chip & DJ onto their popular podcast to discuss the phenomenon of "Black and Gold Christmas."  Also appearing is Pittsburgh Pirates TV broadcaster, Greg Brown.

Pittsburgh City Paper says city "gets its own holiday earworm with 'Black and Gold Christmas'"

December 07, 2019

Pittsburgh City Paper editor Lisa Cunningham raved about "Black and Gold Christmas" in her article, "Pittsburgh Gets Its Own Holiday Earworm WIth 'Black and Gold Christmas.'"  "With Christmas songs returning to set lists and local airwaves...there's bound for some to get stuck in your head," she writes.  "Here in Pittsburgh, though, there's a new holiday song that's an instant earworm, whether you like it or not. Take my warning seriously for I too am a victim."

Pittsburgh Magazine says that "The Steel City has a new holiday anthem" in "Black and Gold Christmas"

December 04, 2019

Pittsburgh Magazine covered the phenomenon that is "Black and Gold Christmas" with a full-page article with color photo in its print edition.  In the article, the venerable publication declared "The Steel City has a new holiday anthem."

94.5FM 3WS Adds "Black and Gold Christmas" to Rotation

December 04, 2019

94.5FM 3WS, an iHeartRadio station and one of the few Pittsburgh radio stations that plays only Christmas music during the holiday season, added "Black and Gold Christmas" to its rotation.  The song was first played on December 4, 2019 at 1:54pm by legendary on-air personality Sheri Van Dyke.

WPXI calls "Black and Gold Christmas" "the perfect tune to kick off the holidays in the 'burgh"

November 30, 2019

Riding the wave of the "Black and Gold Christmas" phenomenon, Chip & The Charge Ups were asked by Pittsburgh's NBC affiliate, WPXI, to perform the song in the televised 2019 WPXI Holiday Parade.  Preceding the performance, WPXI called the song "the perfect tune to kick off the holidays in the 'burgh" and said that the song "not only captured the Christmas spirit, but everything we know and love about Pittsburgh!"

EMSU Media says Chip & The Charge Ups are "doing amazing work in Pittsburgh"

November 29, 2019

EMSU Media recently dedicated a podcast to "Black and Gold Christmas."  Guests on the podcasts included Chip as well as the Vice President of Marketing from the band's charity partner, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  They discussed the song, the video (including the story behind capturing a shot of the Sinkhole Bus), and how the band is leveraging the song's popularity to raise money to provide meals to people in need.  Host Emmy said that "Black and Gold Christmas" is "perfect for the holiday season."  She also touted how Chip & The Charge Ups are "doing amazing work in Pittsburgh" through the song, video and the charity partnership.

First Angel Media Spotlights "Black and Gold Christmas" in Lyrics Feature

November 29, 2019

First Angel Media has a popular feature called "A Look At The Lyrics."  They recently featured the lyrics of "Black and Gold Christmas."

Iron City Rocks says "'Black and Gold Christmas'...hooked me in immediately" calls video "fantastic"

November 26, 2019

Iron City Rocks recently interviewed Chip as well as Chip & The Charge Ups' charity partner, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  The duo discussed the making of "Black and Gold Christmas" and how the band is utilizing the song's popularity to help those in need.

In the lead up to the interview, host John said "'Black and Gold Christmas,' I have to admit, hooked me in immediate.  It's a fantastic video!"  He went on to say "Chip has always been at the forefront of Pittsburgh music:  One of the hardest working guys and a real genius at promoting his bands."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls "Black and Gold Christmas" a "yinzer anthem...with a fun-loving video"

November 26, 2019

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette previewed Chip & The Charge Ups' performance at the 2019 WPXI Holiday Parade.  In the article, the Post-Gazette called "Black and Gold Christmas" a "yinzer anthem...with a fun-loving video."

Allegheny West Magazine calls "Black and Gold Christmas" a "special rockin' holiday tribute to Pittsburgh"

November 19, 2019

Allegheny West magazine featured a story about "Black and Gold Christmas" in the Holiday Guide section of its November/December edition.  It referred to "Black and Gold Christmas" as a "special rockin' holiday tribute to Pittsburgh" and discussed how Chip & The Charge Ups is leveraging the song to raise money for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Build The Scene foresees "Black and Gold Christmas" being "adopted into Pittsburgh culture"

November 16, 2019

Chip and Maleena were recently interviewed by the Build The Scene podcast about the phenomenon that "Black and Gold Christmas" is becoming.  They were also joined by Brian Gulish, VP of Marketing for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, who talked about how the band is using "Black and Gold Christmas" to help feed the hungry.  In his write-up of the episode, host Bill Domiano wrote that “'Black and Gold Christmas' serves as a fun track that I can see being adopted into Pittsburgh culture with its powerful performances and excellent songwriting."

Chip & The Charge Ups Talk "Black and Gold Christmas" on TribLive's The Food Podcast

November 14, 2019

Because Chip & The Charge Ups is donating 100% of profits from "Black and Gold Christmas" t-shirts to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Chip was invited to be a guest on TribLive's The Food Podcast.  During this interview, Chip shares how the band came up with the idea for creating "Black and Gold Christmas" and why it chose the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank as its charitable partner.

Bored In Pittsburgh calls "Black and Gold Christmas" a "deliriously catchy...romp"

November 13, 2019

Bored In Pittsburgh recently gave a stellar review to "Black and Gold Christmas."  It called the song "a deliriously catchy, Bowling For Soup-esque romp."  Additionally, it described the video as "a seasonal celebration of all things Pittsburgh that has since been making the rounds on the Yinzernet."

412nes calls "Black and Gold Christmas" an "awesome jam for the holiday season"

November 11, 2019

Lil Bat sat down with Chip on the latest episode of 412nes (pronounced "four-one-tunes") to discuss how "Black and Gold Christmas" came together.  Also on the episode was Ryan from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, who discussed how the "Black and Gold Christmas" project is being leveraged to raise money for the Food Bank. 

97.7FM The Rock Station calls "Black and Gold Christmas" a "song for Yinzer’s across the country to take hold of and show their pride"

November 03, 2019

Western Pennsylvania's 97.7FM The Rock Station gave Chip & The Charge Ups' new holiday song, "Black and Gold Christmas," its radio debut.  To commemorate the occasion, Chip stopped in the station's studios for an interview and brought Beth Burrell from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  Chip & The Charge Ups have partnered with the Food Bank and will be donating 100% of the profits from the sale of "Black and Gold Christmas" t-shirts to the Food Bank.  In the abstract for the archived episode, 97.7 wrote that "Black and Gold Christmas" is a "song for Yinzer’s across the country to take hold of and show their pride."

Beaver County Times calls "Black and Gold Christmas" a "breezy holiday song...with a Joan Jett stomp"

November 03, 2019

Characteristically first in covering hot regional music news, the Beaver County Times newspaper gave a glowing review of Chip & The Charge Ups' new holiday song, "Black and Gold Christmas."  Writer Scott Tady called the tune a "breezy holiday song...with a Joan Jett stomp."

Chip is Featured Guest on "The Pittsburgh Music Scene: How Did We Get Here?" 3- Part Series

October 06, 2019

When the Steel Plaza Podcast needed an expert on the Pittsburgh Music Scene for a series they were developing, they came right to Chip.  Chip was the featured guest on their three-part series entitled "The Pittsburgh Music Scene:  How Did We Get Here?"  Chip discusses the dismal past from which the scene emerged, what the catalysts were for its improvements, and his hopes and fears for the future.

WPPJ Radio Selects Chip & The Charge Ups as First Act on its "Sessions" Series

August 20, 2019

WPPJ Radio today launched a new YouTube series called "WPPJ Radio Sessions."  The terrestrial radio station selected Chip & The Charge Ups as the first act to be featured.  Watch Chip & Jeff perform "By The Tracks" in the WPPJ studios!

Chip & The Charge Ups Make The Front Page of The Northside Chronicle

August 01, 2019

Chip & The Charge Ups were featured in a huge, full-color photograph on the front page of The Northside Chronicle.  The feature was part of the newspaper's coverage of the Deutschtown Music Festival which featured "over 300 bands."

Lights Out with David Spade Uses Photo of Chip & The Charge Ups on TV Show!

July 31, 2019

Comedy Central's "Lights Out With David Spade" show licensed a pic of Chip & The Charge Ups to use in a bit where they photoshopped David Spade's face and the faces of his guests onto the band members' bodies for comedic effect. Watch a clip from the show, linked below, and you'll get to see what it would look like if celebrities dressed up as Chip & The Charge Ups!

WDVE & Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Bourque Rave About "The Ol' Two-Niner"

July 31, 2019

WDVE FM in Pittsburgh plays Chip & The Charge Ups' "The Ol' Two-Niner" every Wednesday morning during hockey season when it introduces legendary Pittsburgh Penguins player and current announcer, Phil Bourque.  The station even played the song during a rare off-season, July appearance by Bourque.  During the segment, legendary DJ Val Porter called the song "a good headbanging song" and Bourque said it makes him "wanna reach down, turn up the volume...it gets ya fired up!" 

MDU Radio Interviews Chip & Maleena at a Pivotal Time!

July 29, 2019

MDU Radio caught up with Chip & The Charge Ups at a pivotal time in the band's history.  Chip & Maleena discuss how the band survived their drummer's arm surgery, their love for their fans, and a flattering public compliment that the band got from female guitar virtuoso, Nita Strauss!

Pittsburgh Current Concert Series Features Chip & The Charge Ups

July 16, 2019

Chip & The Charge Ups were featured in a live-streamed performance and interview on the Pittsburgh Current Concert Series.  Host Charlie Dietsch declared Chip & The Charge Ups' performance "officially the loudest we've ever had here at the Pittsburgh Current Concert Series!"  

Nita Strauss Calls Chip & The Charge Ups' Mashup "The Most Creative" Mashup She's Ever Heard!

May 22, 2019

Chip & The Charge Ups opened for internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso, Nita Strauss, on May 22, 2019. Nita and her band were listening to the opening set from the dressing room and were impressed with Chip & The Charge Ups' Poison/Green Day mashup, "Good Riddance, Fallen Angel." So impressed that Nita raved about it to the crowd later in the evening. Her words were captured on video by leading rock publication, The Pure Rock Shop.

Roxx100.com Plays Chip & The Charge Ups, Host Declares He Is "Actually Really Impressed"

May 22, 2019

Roxx100.com played "Punk Rock on Acoustic Guitar" on its Rikki's Other Show Show.  After spinning the track, host Rikki Roxx declared "Wow!  I was actually really impressed by that!"  You can watch/listen to the archived show on Facebook.

Iron City Rocks Says Charge Ups' Two-Part Release Has "Fantastic Songs, Full of Very Pop Hooks"

May 17, 2019

Chip & Maleena were interviewed on Episode 412 of the Iron City Rocks podcast.  In addition to probing the duo about life as a father-daughter musical team, host John raved about the band's "Flow of The Current, Part I" and Part II releases, saying they contained "fantastic songs full of very pop hooks, extremely well-produced, great musicianship...a great product through and through, start to finish."